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    So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    Iowa did not clear the bench. They did do some substituting, but only a few guys, and that is normal in a game. So, did the Hawks back off and play prevent defense? It didn't look like it to me. I did notice that some of the Iowa DPs were right at the LOS on several plays. Is it that ISU started to pass down the middle of the field, so LBers had to drop into coverage? Was it that the OL is massively better at pass blocking than run blocking? It just seemed strange that all of a sudden things were clicking, when the offense had looked like total garbage most of the game.



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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    I think we opened it up just a bit and got in rhythm and they mentally lost their edge after it was clear that they were going to win (barring a miracle).



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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    Quote Originally Posted by CyCloned View Post
    Iowa did not clear the bench. They did do some substituting, but only a few guys, and that is normal in a game. So, did the Hawks back off and play prevent defense? It didn't look like it to me. I did notice that some of the Iowa DPs were right at the LOS on several plays. Is it that ISU started to pass down the middle of the field, so LBers had to drop into coverage? Was it that the OL is massively better at pass blocking than run blocking? It just seemed strange that all of a sudden things were clicking, when the offense had looked like total garbage most of the game.
    When the score was still 27-7 ISU had a 4th and 1 (or maybe 2) from their own side of the field. Look at where Iowa's safeties and cornerbacks were lined up and tell me they weren't playing prevent defense.

    Now on ISU's last score at least for that 4th down play Iowa wasn't playing prevent as they blitzed on it.

    So it's likely a combination of factors.



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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    I wouldn't say it was a full Iowa effort at that point. They didn't look fully interested in dominating anymore (except for the safety and his phenomenal catch).


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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    they softened up coverage a bit and we were desperate enough that we were actually attacking downfield. There are some positives to build off but I wouldn't take too much from it.


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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    We didnt throw bubble screens every other play


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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    They played soft coverage which compliments our soft offense.


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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    I think it was a combination of things but I think the most important of those was that we opened up the play book a little bit and threw the ball downfield.



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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    We were desperate enough on offense to actually attack Iowa's biggest weakness on defense.


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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    The two 2nd half touchdowns were both essentially the same play and exploited the same problem with Iowas secondary, namely poor safety play. They utilized route combinations that pulled both safeties to the same receiver while a second receiver ran a verticle route to the middle of the field. Both times our receiver beat the underneath coverage and found no one home deep to prevent a score. The first play was a slant to the left, the second TD was simply run to the other side of the field and featured a deeper post route. Outside of those two routes our offense was pretty much as inept in the fourth as it was in the first three quarters.



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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    Our OLine settled down a bit in the second half. The injury took any wind out of our sails.

    Could be Iowa played less aggressively too.


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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigman38 View Post
    they softened up coverage a bit and we were desperate enough that we were actually attacking downfield. There are some positives to build off but I wouldn't take too much from it.
    The played base defense and we should of challenged their average d-backfield from the get-go. good lord. it was maddening.

    All of my knowledgeable Hawk friends said the same thing



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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    I had wondered exactly the same thing.

    I agree with others that it was a combination of factors. It doesn't surprise me to be able to move the ball better in that situation (Iowa perhaps playing with more cushion; possibly lost a little focus with big lead; more urgency for ISU).

    But this wasn't just a case of the offense being more effective. The difference in how it looked was night and day.



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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    Quote Originally Posted by DarkStar View Post
    We were desperate enough on offense to actually attack Iowa's biggest weakness on defense.
    That was the biggest part of it to me. Iowa wasn't playing that soft. The reason you play soft is to prevent big plays and that's exactly what we were getting.

    We finally had a sense of urgency which helped Sam to be more aggressive. Throughout the whole game you could see him checking off his 1st and 2nd receivers and then just dumping it to the running back. Maybe its because he didn't have confidence in being able to get the ball down field before being intercepted because he didn't have his legs under him.

    I know almost no one feels this way, but I left the game thinking that our offense might have found something.


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    Re: So, what went right at the end of the game to allow ISU to move the ball?

    Lets not overstate things. We found a pass play that worked for a TD, we then hit the flip play button and ran it again to the other side of the field.



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